3 ways to take screenshots on Mac OS X – no software needed

On Windows normally, when taking a screenshot, you have to press the Print Screen key and then paste it in Paint to save it if you don’t install other software. On MAC OS this becomes extremely simple with the instructions below!

1. Full screen capture
Command + Shift + 3,
then let go.

2. Capture an area of ​​the screen
Command + Shift + 4
then draw a rectangle of the area to be captured.

3. Screen capture and save and Clipboard

Command + Control + Shift + 3 (or Command + Control + Shift + 4) Depending on whether you want to capture the full screen or the part you choose the screenshot will save to the Clipboard, you can paste it in word or anywhere you want.

4. Capture an interface element (no background sticky, beautiful, only for Leopard and above)
Hold Command + Shift + 4, while holding those 3 keys, we press more key Spacer bar (long bar), the mouse will turn into a Camera image, we move to any element (eg window, menu, icon, …) then we will capture that component and save it as a file.

For example, I open the application Text Edit and take a screenshot by the 3rd way, you will get the following picture:

– The image file is saved to Destkop in PNG format. To convert to another format, you need to go to Terminal and enter the command:

defaults write com.apple.screencapture type
killall SystemUIServer


defaults write com.apple.screencapture type JPG
killall SystemUIServer

-> Screenshot file will be JPG

Wish you all success – maclife.vn


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